Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fair Game

When it comes to doodling everything is fair game...
Desk doodles
my art table is covered with brown craft paper to catch the mess and splatters but I decided to invite the rest of my family to doodle along with me at will. It is a progressive cooperative effort that is fun to watch evolve over time.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Art App

My young friend, MAS, wrote this app...check it out and support a young artist as she works her way through graduate school!
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SO proud of you M!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I don't like her at all

Nope. Not one bit. Matter of fact if I never run into her again I'd be great. Who am I referring to? My inner critic. She is ruthless, unkind, and offers her opinion as though she speaks with complete knowledge and authority. I truly cannot stand her.

Today she had a field day with me. I feel bruised and battered.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Some "moments" in my art journal


Double page spread in my art journal for 2012. I first rubbed a bit of Broken China Distress Ink down then added bits of copied dictionary pages with Mod Podge (which I have never used in my art journals before....always used Gel Medium) which actually gives a nice feel and texture to the paper which surprised me. Then a layer of yellow tissue pieces and patterned paper strips. I copied some of my pen drawings that I thought related nicely to my 2012 word "Moments" then scribbled the word over the entire thing using a gray marker.

Let me know what you think! And if you are here from Sketchbook Challenge or Year in the Life of an Art Journal be sure to leave a comment and say hi! I'd love to visit your blog too!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Creativity Journey

I am taking a class online called "Twelve" and for me it is a journey into creativity. Originally intended to be a scrapbooking class I already see it becoming so much more. We are curating ideas, triggers, photos, memorabilia, information, resources and working them in to a system whereby you can easily find them again when you need them.

I only wish I had this years ago when my brain was really clicking and ideas flowed rapidly. At this season of my life I have the TIME to create but perhaps some of my best ideas are lost to bits and scraps of paper I never knew how to corral until time would allow for deeper exploration. But that doesn't matter much to me really.

I am crossing into all areas that I am currently interested in and working on. I am gathering ideas for scrapbook layouts, stories I want to tell, future pieces of art, new leads to check for our genealogies. Its really amazing AND I will be able to tap into them when I am ready to work on each one.

Occasionally as I am sitting and pondering things I find myself doodling (nothing new there). Thought I would share something new that is happening on my art table though. I normally keep it covered with brown paper to help absorb the mess of paint, ink, water, gels, etc that I manage to slop everywhere. I laid out a nice new clean piece before we went to Big Island for New Years. After a couple projects it now has some lovely green splotches, white streaks, etc dabbled about. I decided to grab my sharpies from their carousel and began to doodle like I usually do in my journals. Yesterday the girls sat at the table to chat and I tossed them some markers as well. Hand tracings appeared. Katakana images. A paw print. Scripture. Numbers. Words. I think it will be a cooperative work in progress for a few weeks. Here is peek...Enjoy!

2012-01-12 13.09.36
2012-01-11 12.43.38
2012-01-10 18.14.20

Thursday, January 5, 2012

OLW 2012 Necklace

I just ordered my One Little Word necklace from Lisa LeonardPatti had one last year and I admired it quite a bit! Decided I really wanted one for myself this year so treated myself to it today.  I can't wait to get it and wear it.

One Little Word 2012

My One Little Word for 2012 found me yesterday.
I had a list that I began compiling in December with possibilities that included olw possibilities

I glanced at these a few times during our trip to Big Island but still wasn't feeling drawn toward any one in particular. I laughed that the words "plans" and "change" came up one after the other. That is so true, isn't it? Plans change!

And so do olw selections.

Yesterday I pulled the scribbled list out and read it over again and began thinking about what was to come this year and what I hope to focus on. I wondered what God wanted to show me and teach me. I was more inclined to use "remember" or "memories" especially in light of my goals to write more family stories and continue to scrapbook and build on our genealogies. Knowing that we will be leaving the islands in June I am not anxious to only look back to the past. I want to continue to create and collect new memories and practice being in the NOW (my OLW from 2011). Each moment is something to be savored. Precious. Fleeting. Important.

And whether I look back to the past, forward to the future, or focus on the now its the moments that matter.


My olw2012...moments

What's yours?